They hate Israel because Israel dictates over the Palestinian people and does not let them live a free life like us Americans.
They hated Israel long before Israel dictated ANYTHING to Palestinians, so that's not the reason.
The US needs to rework it's foreign policy to INCLUDE the rest of the Middle Eastern countries and to STOP babysitting Israel.
Are you sayiing Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Emriates, aren't included. Seems to me the US includes most of the Middle East in it's policies. And if the US were really babysitting Israel, I think American blood would now be spilling in the Occupied Territories.
And 777236ER, let me answer what you brought up.
-Threat of attack from pissed off Arabs (already happened, 3000 dead)
So, because the Arabs are pissed, the U.S. should hang a friend and ally out to dry? I think instead you might going after some of these pissed Arabs.
-Lots of money being poured into a country which should be able to support itself (Israel boasts about being rich, about being civilized, advanced etc, how about doing what every other civilised, advanced country does and buy their OWN stuff)
The UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, even Russia, supports themselves, but the U.S. still gives them aid, and a hell of a lot of it. And Israel does build some of their own weapons. So does the UK, but it doesn't stop either from buying weapons from the US, does it?
-Annoying their own population (I may be wrong, but i suspect quite a lot of Americans couldn't give a fuck about Israel, especially if it's causing their own country problems)
Watch the language-it's in violation of the rules here. And who do you think Americans are more annoyed at these days-Israelis fighting suicide attacks, or Arabs attacking and threatening continuted attacks and killings of U.S. citizens?
-Upsetting a couple of dozen other countries (why is Israel more important to keep friendly that other countries, such as Saudia Arabia? Saudia Arabia is one of the countries stopping the Middle East from descending into complete termoil, yet the US continually pisses them off.)
Why is Saudi Arabia-a country paying the families of suicide bombers, a country that, even after 9/11 hasn't come out against terrorism, more important than Israel? Seems to me that the Saudi's are guilty of being as hypocritical as you say Israel is. And is Saudi Arabia TRULY stopping the Middle East from cascading into complete turmoil? Seems to me they're doing as much as anyone to sow dissent.
-loss of support from Allies. (The EU and especially the UK is getting a bit more annoyed at the moment)
It's not the U.S. fault that Europe has lost its way when determining the difference between right and wong in the world. That's their problem.
-helps maintain democracy (the result? A semi-mad leader who refuses to let in the UN, despite allegations of war-crimes)
Sharon may be mad, but to me, the Palestinians are as much to blame for his rise as the Israeli people. I'm no fan of that idiot, but the difference, I believe, between Sharon and Israel, and, say, Iraq, is that when the Israel people decide that Sharon should go, he will go. I don't think you'd see that from most anyone else in the Middle East.
-helps keep the region calm (although the occasional Israeli offencive, and allegations of slaughter of civilians don't help)
You have the cart before the horse again-the occasional Israeli offiensive is normally in response to the more-than-occasional Palestinian terror. The region would be completely calm if the Arabs ever wizened up and tried a peaceful path, as Anwar Sadat and King Hussein did.